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Algebraic Attack against Variants of McEliece with Goppa Polynomial of a Special Form

Jean-Charles Faugère
Ludovic Perret
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Frédéric de Portzamparc
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Abstract

In this paper, we present a new algebraic attack against some special cases of Wild McEliece Incognito, a generalization of the original McEliece cryptosystem. This attack does not threaten the original McEliece cryptosystem. We prove that recovering the secret key for such schemes is equivalent to solving a system of polynomial equations whose solutions have the structure of a usual vector space. Consequently, to recover a basis of this vector space, we can greatly reduce the number of variables in the corresponding algebraic system. From these solutions, we can then deduce the basis of a GRS code. Finally, the last step of the cryptanalysis of those schemes corresponds to attacking a McEliece scheme instantiated with particular GRS codes (with a polynomial relation between the support and the multipliers) which can be done in polynomial-time thanks to a variant of the Sidelnikov-Shestakov attack. For Wild McEliece & Incognito, we also show that solving the corresponding algebraic system is notably easier in the case of a non-prime base eld Fq. To support our theoretical results, we have been able to practically break several parameters de ned over a non-prime base field q in {9; 16; 25; 27; 32}, t < 7, extension degrees m in {2,3}, security level up to 2^129 against information set decoding in few minutes or hours.
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hal-01064687 , version 1 (16-09-2014)

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Jean-Charles Faugère, Ludovic Perret, Frédéric de Portzamparc. Algebraic Attack against Variants of McEliece with Goppa Polynomial of a Special Form. Advances in Cryptology Asiacrypt 2014, Dec 2014, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. pp.21-41, ⟨10.1007/978-3-662-45611-8_2⟩. ⟨hal-01064687⟩
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